The Quiltzette

February 2, 2015


New Arrivals

We received new Mettler thread display cabinets last week. Yay! We now have about three times as many cotton solid colors and more than twice as many cotton variegated options as we had before. 

We were considering phasing out the Mettler polyester line, but after a conversation with two garment sewers on Saturday we've decided to keep it after all. We also have more than 400 colors of Isacord polyester thread which is perfect for machine quilting and machine embroidery. And for binding and other hand work our Gutterman hand quilting thread is very nice to work with.


Quilting: Then and Now

Karen Childress and Sheryl Merritt were guests on KSJD's Morning Zine program this morning. If you missed the show - Quilting: Then and Now - and would like to listen to the 15-minute program, click here. Thank you to KSJD and host Tom Yoder for providing us with the opportunity to share our passion for quilting with the community.


Upcoming Events

Third Thursday Demo – February 19, 12:30 p.m. OR 5:15 p.m.

Cyndi Foote just finished this shop sample from a pattern called Costa Maya. It’s unique in that it starts with two different 15″ blocks which are then cut into several shapes and sizes to make a stunning quilt. How the borders are created is particularly interesting. Check out the quilt –  in beautiful red, white, and blue – that’s hanging at the shop and join us at either 12:30 or 5:15 p.m. on February 19 for our monthly FREE Third Thursday Demo. See you then! (P. S. We have a few kits available for this quilt.)

Quilt ‘Til You Wilt
Friday, February 20, 5 – 10  p.m.

Bring a project and something for dinner and spend an evening sewing with friends. We provide beverages. Quilt ‘Til You Wilt is free but limited to twelve people (six minimum) so call 970-565-7541 today to put your name on the list!


UFO Challenge: The Final Numbers

Registration is now closed for the UFO Challenge. We have a feeling that many sewing machines will be running around the clock through May 26! The response to this challenge has been amazing . . . 63 people brought in 420 projects to complete by the deadline. On June 6 we'll have a UFO Show & Tell event and draw names of five lucky people who will each win a $100 gift certificate to Cortez Quilt Company. 


Upcoming Classes

Pieced Pet Pillow
Friday, February 13, 2015
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$29, pattern required

Just think how cute your dog or cat would look on one of these! No pets in the house? Make one for your favorite toddler. This pet pillow or mini-sofa measures 30″ wide by 20″ deep. We used the wonderful Crossroads 54″ wide denim for this one. Stop by the shop to see the sample that Judy Bryan made. She will teach this class. Sign up today . . . only one space left in this class!

Place Mat Club
Third Wednesday of each Month

Wednesday, February 18
10:15 – 5 p.m.
$15, pattern required

For our February Place Mat Club you’ll have three choices. You can make the simple place mat shown here which works well when you have a nice, large print focus fabric. Or, you can make one (or more) for a special child in your life and use our new chalkboard fabric in the center square. The third option is to make a table runner using the same pattern. Oh, the choices!

See the full class schedule here.


BERNINA Club: Software Inspiration

Software Inspiration Club: Digitize a Logo
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:15 p.m.
$10 or free if you purchased your BERNINA machine, software or update at CQC

Discover basic digitizing techniques while we create an embroidery design working only from a poor quality graphic. We will also work with small lettering. We will view a video presentation. If you would like to stay and practice what was demonstrated please bring your laptop loaded with Designer Plus 7. If you don't bring your laptop and want the Design of the Month handouts bring a USB drive. Remember to bring embroidery show and tell projects for more chances to win door prizes! 

The Sewing Machine
You Want is in Stock!

We now have all of our most popular BERNINA sewing machines in stock and ready for your sewing room. Be sure to ask us about 0% financing for your new machine!

February Foot Special

Our BERNINA presser foot special for February is the 5-groove pintuck foot. Foot #31 is ideally suited to sewing even pintucks on medium weight fabric. For sewing pintucks, you’ll need a double needle with a width between the two needles corresponding to the width of the grooves on the foot (up to 3mm). The generous cutout in the center of 5-groove pintuck foot # 31 ensures a good view of the area to be sewn.The pintuck foot is also ideal for sewing  braids, trim, and mini-piping, as well as for elastic gathering. Get more information watch a video here. Regular price is $32. For the month of February this foot is 25% off ($24).


Block of the Month: Plain & Fancy

This Block of the Month is selling out quickly! Get the details on the home page of our website.


Tip of the Week: How many inches is 3/8 again?

Copy/paste and then clip/save this chart for your sewing room and purse.

1/8 yard = 4.5 inches
1/4 yard = 9 inches
1/3 yard = 12 inches
3/8 yard = 13.5 inches
1/2 yard = 18 inches
5/8 yard = 22.5 inches
2/3 yard = 24 inches
7/8 yard = 31.5 inches
1 yard = 36 inches


Ring Found

Did you lose a ring while shopping or taking a class with us? If so, call or stop by to describe and claim it. 


"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say
any other way - things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe


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